Monday, September 13, 2010

What did people do before toilet paper was invented?

Did you know that if every household in the US replaced one 12 pack of virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save 1.3 BILLION gallons of water?

Before toilet paper was invented, people used:

  • Newsprint, paper catalogue pages in early US

  • Hay balls, Scraper kept in container by the privy in the Middle Ages

  • Discarded sheep's wool in the Viking Age, England

  • Frayed end of an old anchor cable was used by sailing crews from Spain and Portugal

  • Corn cobs, Sears Roebuck catalog, mussel shell, newspaper, leaves, sand- United States

  • Water and your left hand, India

  • Pages from a book, British Lords

  • Coconut shells in early Hawaii

  • Lace was used by French Royalty

  • Public Restrooms in Ancient Rome- A sponge soaked in salt water, on the end of a stick

  • The Wealthy in Ancient Rome-Wool and Rosewater

  • French Royalty-lace, hemp

  • Hemp & wool were used by the elite citizens of the world

  • Using the river as a toilet was very common internationally

  • Bidet, France

  • Snow and Tundra Moss were used by early Eskimos

1 comment:

  1. Funny how you could make this subject pretty interesting!! :) Love it